West Seattle, Washington
More than 100 Chief Sealth International High School students are new members of the National Honor Society – 3.5 GPAs or higher – and many celebrated at tonight’s induction ceremony in the school Galleria. Proud family members were there to cheer:
Featured speaker was teacher Luke Azinger, who said that the students experiencing this success are those who are willing to seek out different perspectives and different ideas. He encouraged them to not only challenge themselves to learn, but to also stay close to schoolmates who aren’t there yet – that they have perspectives from which we all can learn.
Other faculty members were also there to honor the new NHS members, including advisor Katie Hubert, and the new members were introduced by this year’s NHS officers – co-presidents Tony Tran and Zhen Williams, vice president Kimseam Chou, secretary Rumi Conley, and treasurer Chandra Burnham.
P.S. Thanks to the CSIHS parent who e-mailed to let us know this event was happening tonight, so we could cover it!
With just under two weeks until Christmas, it’s time we start showcasing more lights, so we photographed a few displays on 16th SW tonight after getting this note from Meredith – the subject line, “Love the lights in Highland Park”:
Just wanted send some love out to my neighbors. I live in Highland Park near the fire station. I have to drive down 16th to Burien everyday for work. I just ADORE all the winter holiday lights everyone has put up on the stretch between Holden and Barton on 16th. It literally brightens my day and warms my spirit. Thanks and don’t stop!
We traveled the stretch at dusk and photographed a few displays. Nothing really big and flashy … just enough to warm the heart. This one is just south of Holden:
Next to that, lights are shining on DutchBoy Coffee:
Let us know where you’re seeing lights – we hope to feature some nightly through Christmas – e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org (photo if you have one, if not, just let us know where to look and we’ll go get one ourselves).
Weekend before last, more than 100 homes in The Arroyos and South Arbor Heights lost power. The unrelated but concurrent Trader Joe’s outage overshadowed it in our headlines, but it’s not the first time an equipment problem took out the power for southwesternmost West Seattle, and so Seattle City Light is having a community meeting Thursday to answer questions and explain “future electrical infrastructure upgrades” in that area. Bring your questions/concerns to the meeting at 6:30 pm Thursday (December 14th) at Westside School (10404 34th SW; WSB sponsor).
Another business hit by thieves – this time, Mountain to Sound Outfitters (3602 SW Alaska in The Triangle) reports:
We had 2 Thule Cargo Boxes stolen from in front of the shop last night. A Thule Force Large and a Thule Force XL. This is now the 3rd total that has been ripped off this year, and we want to let the community know to be on the lookout that local small businesses are being targeted.
If you have tips for the investigation, the SPD incident number is 17-457102.
A long meeting of the City Council committee chaired by West Seattle/South Park Councilmember Lisa Herbold just concluded with a vote supporting a small but significant expansion of Schmitz Park.
We published the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s announcement of this on Sunday. (They’re a supporter, though not a party, to the matter.) Today the Civil Rights, Utilities, Economic Development, and Arts Committee heard from the 5,000-square-foot site’s owner Bruce Stotler (right) and from West Seattle-residing former Councilmember Tom Rasmussen, who shepherded the proposed purchase until his term ended two years ago, and handed it over to Herbold.
Stotler said at today’s meeting that he wanted to make sure his parcel on the southeast edge of the forested preserve – donated by the Schmitz family more than a century ago – wouldn’t someday become a “megahouse with a five-foot yard.” Under terms of the deal with the city, he will sell it for $225,000 but retain a “reservation of life estate” interest so he can continue living there until he dies (or if he chooses to move), at which time the city takes full ownership and will demolish Stotler’s house. The money will come from the levy-funded Seattle Park District.
The city originally didn’t have the money for this, the committee was told, but Stotler didn’t give up. And, said Parks’ Chip Nevins, “It’s important to protect the edges of these parks from encroachment by development.” The site might also be part of a new pathway into the park someday, Herbold noted.
The two committee members in attendance, Herbold and Councilmember Mike O’Brien, both voted to approve the deal, and the full council will have the final vote sometime next month.
Mode Music and Performing Arts is a new nonprofit arts organization that introduced itself to the community with an open house this past Sunday – co-founded by Erin Rubin and Kristina Rowell.
Rubin is proprietor of Mode Music Studios, which is two doors south and will continue its core business of music instruction; Rowell is a veteran performing-arts instructor. MMPA will offer theater/performing-arts instruction for youth through classes, camps, and local schools. The first offerings are described in this brochure (PDF). The space also will be available for kids’ birthday parties centered on personalized drama workshops (info’s in the brochure) and event rentals – the space is 900 square feet.
Here are options for the rest of your Tuesday – first, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
HANUKKAH: The eight-night Festival of Lights starts at sundown. No public events that we’ve heard of, but see the top of our guide for a community celebration Friday.
SANTA AT PEGASUS: Night 2 for Santa Photos at Pegasus Pizza on Alki, 5 to 9 pm. Photos are free with any purchase. (2768 Alki SW)
SANTA VISIT AND DIY PHOTOS: 2-5 pm at Main Street Play in White Center. (9988 15th SW)
WEST SEATTLE COMMUNITY ORCHESTRAS: Come hear the WSCO Intermediate Orchestra and Wind Symphony: “December Celebration!” concert, 6:30 pm at Chief Sealth International High School Auditorium. Admission is FREE; donations appreciated! (2600 SW Thistle)
From our year-round Event Calendar:
SOUTH SEATTLE FIBER ARTS CLUB: 11 am-1 pm, all welcome – bring your project to this group gathering at Highland Park Improvement Club. (1116 SW Holden)
DINE OUT FOR DAKOTA HOMESTEAD: 5-8 pm at four restaurants – Mission, Great American Diner, Falafel Salam, Matador – part of the proceeds go to the Urban Homestead Foundation, working to buy the former Dakota Substation. More info here.
THE WHALE TRAIL’S WINTER GATHERING: As we type, orcas are passing West Seattle again. They are beautiful and endangered. What’s the latest on their present and future? Find out tonight with The Whale Trail, 6 pm at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor). Tickets $5, kids free, available online in advance. (5612 California SW)
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ ENSEMBLE: All welcome at tonight’s 7 pm concert in the WSHS Theater. (3000 California SW)
LOTS MORE … on our complete calendar page!
9:25 AM: Last night people watched southbound resident orcas through sunset … now we are getting reports they are headed this way northbound, likely in view from Fauntleroy “soon.”
9:31 AM: At least one is already reported in view from Emma Schmitz Overlook.
10:08 AM: Thanks to commenters for updates, most recently Peter, who sees “About 6-8 orca heading northbound, mid-channel and spread out, between Blake Island marina and West Seattle.”
2:50 AM: Firefighters are at a house in the 3700 block of 59th SW [map], fighting what SFD calls a “small attic fire.”
3 AM: The fire has been declared “under control.” No injuries reported so far.
3:05 AM: And now the fire is pronounced “tapped.”
3:12 AM: Our crew has arrived and confirms the fire’s out, no one hurt. The cause is under investigation.
10:06 AM: We just checked back with SFD about the cause. Spokesperson Kristin Tinsley says, “Fire investigators ruled this fire as accidental … caused by heat from roof work earlier in the day, which ignited a smoldering fire in the eaves above the front door.” Damage/loss is estimated at $70,000.